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Beta Read, Requests (Authors/Writers Wise), Reviews

Beta Reader vs. Teacher

Hello, Everyone

It’s me, Genie. I hope so far your week is going great, and that all of you had a nice 4th of July. If I have not said it already, then:


I did a lot and for the first time ever! I went to see fireworks. It was amazing, and the ending was perfectly imperfect. On another note, I’ve worked and found a better way to assist authors and writers. How? Print out beta reading except that I don’t feel like a reader, more like a teacher. How? I’ll get right on that.


As you all know, I am a beta reader and proofreader. My services is displayed here on WordPress among other places (Facebook, Goodreads) and the terms and conditions stated that I will print out a manuscript, do what it is that I am supposed to do, and then go online (word document) and post the edits on the actual manuscript from the hard copy. During my week off for the holiday, I’ve been up and down, left and right, trying to print out a manuscript that a client sent me.

Finally, yesterday (7/5/17), the store was open and I got to print out her story. It was 329 PAGES!!!!! I was shocked when the guy told me. He asked me, “Did you know that this is 329 pages?” I said, “No.” I really didn’t. I received the script, downloaded it on my phone and did not see how many pages it was.

And the guy had the nerve to ask me how many copies. Like -.- seriously?

Moving on, it cost me 25$ to print the whole thing.

I also bought a folder, colored pen, highlighters, stick note pads – let’s just say that I am in it to win it. After all, it is MY job to make sure that my client is satisfied.


That I did!

I started to work on the manuscript before my doctor’s appointment today (7/6/17), and I would like to share with you all how a manuscript would look like (hopefully) by the time that I am done with it, okay? Okay.

What’s included:

  • Comments, statements, rewrite if any, corrections,  highlights that are color coded either to mean that there is something that I don’t understand, that is interesting or that I, myself, need to look up and do research on.
  • Pointers and/or guidelines.
  • Note pads with a review on it that could either be about a specific thing or the chapter and/or story overall.

Do I feel like a beta reader? No, more like a teacher. Which in and of itself is a good thing because it helps me practice for the long run when I do become a real teacher. It’s also a good thing because I don’t become dependent on the features that comes along with word documents such as the track feature or the comment section.

An  Example:

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Mind you that I asked for permission before I posted these. With writers’ permission, I intend on sharing the kind of service you’ll receive if you hire me 🙂

If interested in having your manuscript done this way, know that it’ll cost an additional amount of money. If I get 85$ to do a project, and it cost 20 or over 20$ to print out, then it’ll be 85$ PLUS the amount it cost to print out. I will call the store and ask. I’m willing to pay my own money though if the price is lower than 20+$.

Have a good day.

P.S. My birthday is coming up (3 week from now), and I’m trying to purchase this:

My laptop is 2-in-1, but I don’t feel safe being out in the open with it for its size even though I would like to read while on the road. How cool would this be? Or am I wasting my time, and money? Any thoughts or input. Please and thank you.


Promotion/Featured, Requests (Authors/Writers Wise), Uncategorized

Abby L. Vandiver – Author

Abby L. Vandiver’s Book Series

Abby1Through her various occupations, Abby discovered her love of writing. She’d always been told she had a gift for telling stories, combining the two, she became an author.

Her debut novel, the mystery/sci-fi, In the Beginning, Book I in the Mars Origin “I” Series was an Amazon #1 bestseller. It was written on a whim, packed away, and rediscovered some twelve years later. After publishing it in 2013, Abby decided to make writing a full-time endeavor. She’s penned a slew of novels since then and has even more in her head. Although she writes mostly mystery, she has co-authored a historical/women’s fiction novel with author and friend, Kathryn Dionne under the pen name Kathryn Longino. Currently, she is working on several cozy mystery series, including the Logan Dickerson Cozy Mystery Series, which was an Amazon #1 International Best Seller and soon-to-be released Normal Junction Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series.

A former lawyer and college professor, Abby has a bachelor’s degree in Economics, a master’s in Public Administration, and a Juris Doctor. A lifetime resident of Cleveland, Ohio, Abby spends all of her time writing and enjoying her wonderful grandchildren.

Cozy Mystery Boxed Set Amazon

South Seas Shenanigans CoverIt’s the sixth installment of an Amazon #1 Best Selling cozy mystery series by Author Abby Vandiver! South Seas Shenanigans continue the adventures of amateur sleuths, Logan Dickerson, archaeologist, and Vivienne Pennywell, aka, Miss Vivee, a five-foot nothing, ninety-something Voodoo herbalist.

Fans of this series have enjoyed the unusual, rarely heard causes of death that only Miss Vivee and her new husband can recognize and this one doesn’t disappoint! Sail away with amateur sleuths, Logan, Miss Vivee and Mac as they vacation in Fiji where they suffer the shenanigans of a prankster, dance the Meke, and solve an untimely death. Oh, wait! Did I say “a” death? Make that two!

Additionally, Abby is offering a boxed set the first three books in the series. Both South Seas Shenanigans and the Logan Dickerson Cozy Mystery Boxed Set are to be released March 29, 2017. Meanwhile, Abby had only planned to write one more book in the series, but she listened to her fans and has decided to continue writing the series a little longer. Check out her website for more information.





Interviews, Post of the Day, Promotion/Featured

Waiting For The Beast – Author Interview

Author Interview with T. Hayden

Note: Book might be out in March or April 2017. Just to clarify.

1.       First, tell me about you and how you made the decision to become a writer?

I have always liked to write.  I remember attempting to write my first fiction story at the age of 12. Later on, when I was in high school. I wrote poetry. As an adult. the extent of my writing was in college for various classes. Later on in adulthood, I was encouraged by several friends to write a book because I was so good at storytelling. Once I got the idea of WFTB, I decided to try and voila! I became a writer.

  1. Was there anything that influenced or anything that happened in real life as a result of waiting for the beast?  In other words, is it all made up or real life played a role in it?

To be honest no. I just had a freaky dream about a movie named The Conjuring and started to brainstorm from there.

  1. What advice or tips do you have for anyone who is new and wants to publish their own book?

Do your research, decide how you want to proceed, and implement your plan.
Most importantly stick with your plan. It’s not an easy process. You wear a lot of hats and it’s      easy to get discouraged, but you can do it. Hundreds of authors do it every day.

  1. Are there any doubts that your book won’t sell? And if that were to happen, how would that make you feel?

I don’t expect it to. I am a very realistic person, too realistic at times. The author community is vast just like the actor or music field. It’s hard to break in and even harder as a self-published author. If it doesn’t sell, I will be okay with that because I feel like once book 2 and 3 and so on are out, sells will be good because readers love series and books that are already written. I think book 1 is the groundwork for what’s to come.

  1. Did you do research when you were writing WFTB? What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning the book?

Yes, I did. For the angels, I researched info about them. For Connie, I researched information about the pagan religion Wicca. I also researched names of characters like Constantiam also known as Connie. It took me about a week to research before I started putting the pen to the paper.

  1. Have you ever had readers express their concerns or views about the religious aspect of the story?

Heck yeah. I have had good and bad commentary. I have had readers that didn’t know anything about Christianity but was intrigued to learn more about it. I have had readers of different faiths that expressed the love of the story even though it didn’t coincide with their beliefs.   On the other hand, I have had readers that disliked the story because they said it was blasphemy and the bible couldn’t possibly be wrong.

  1. What would you say makes your book unique compared to others in its genre?

I think the subject matter of a female being the Anti-Christ is unique in itself. Also we have the battle of nature vs. nurture in this Anti-Christ story; whereas in other stories about the Anti-Christ, he was predominantly evil.

  1. What was the hardest and easiest chapters to write?

The easiest chapters for me to write were the first 10 chapters surrounding Angelica’s birth and upbringing. And that’s because I had this vision in my head for exactly how I wanted everything to start and it was just a matter of writing it down. The hardest chapters were the intimate moments between Angelica and Michael. This is a young adult book so I had to constantly keep that in mind and not write things too steamy.

  1. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

I think the hardest part for me is capturing their feelings. Women and men are so different when it comes to expressing how they feel, so I struggled with that.

  1. How long did it take you to write WFTB? What was the process and procedures? Outlines or steps that were taken?

It took me a year and a half. First I figured out what the main plot was going to be about. Then I figured out who the characters were. Honestly after that I wrote by the seat of my pants. Characters and different scenes were added as I thought about them.

11. Do you have anything you want to say to your fans?

I love you guys so much. You are the reason why WFTB was published. If I hadn’t put WFTB on Wattpad I never would have thought it was any good. You all gave me the courage and push I needed to do this. Thank you so much.

Additional Questions:
For answer #6, how did you deal with the comment?

Answer: I would remind the negative commentators that it’s just fiction and that I’m not saying it is a fact.

–          Did you start typing your book as it progress or did you handwrite it, and then type it?

Answer: I started writing first. I think I wrote the first ten chapters down then went to typing. Even now if I get stuck, I will brainstorm and write on paper, and then go back to typing.

You said you struggled with gender feelings (referring to question #9), did you overcome that or has managed somehow?

Answer: Yeah, I overcame it. I would just ask my fiance or my son what they thought about a scene and they would give me their input. For instance, Angelica and Michael’s first date and the guys were hitting on her. I was like, what would you do? And they told me so I went off of their response.

Comments: More reasons why mothers give birth to sons! Looks to me T. Hayden has got it going on and she has great support systems to keep her feet on the ground despite the fact that her feet just wants to stay up in the air with paranormal goodness –  demons, angels and witches. But who can blame her. Check her out. Books available online such as Amazon, iBooks, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, Wattpad, Twitter, and the works. I’ve got my copy of the beast. Don’t YOU wait for the beast. Get your copy.

Book Reviews/Recommendation, Promotion/Featured

Waiting For The Beast

Waiting for the Beast Title: Waiting for the Beast

Author: T. Hayden
Pages: 267
Series: Lucifer’s Clock
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Fiction and Action

What if the Bible has it all wrong about the Anti-Christ?

What if this person is female and what if she actually has a choice?

Meet A.C. a.k.a Angelica Cunningham

Angelica is drop dead gorgeous, lives in a sprawling mansion with her two aunts, attends a prestigious private school, is an A student and excels at everything she does effortlessly. She has a great life.

That’s until her 16th birthday and it all goes banana’s. One of her aunt’s fall mysteriously ill on the brink of death. Angelica is suddenly telepathic, has a heightened sense of smell and is seeing supernatural beings, that only exists in fairy tales.

Angelica’s family is forced to tell her the truth. Her aunts are actually supernatural beings that have been charged with protecting Angelica from her father, Lucifer. He has put a bounty on Angelica’s head and every creature from the Abyssal Realm a.k.a Hell is looking for her. In addition she has a hot guardian angel that has been assigned to her since birth that she can now see.

She is suddenly thrust into a dangerous, magical world. Between dealing with her new identity, a love triangle, hiding from her father, and just trying to be a teenager she has to make a decision to run, fight or wait for the darkness to consume her.

I’ve read a lot of books on Wattpad, but this is one of many that I got to love so much. It is engaging and thrilling, and what I love about it more is the fact that you get to live all of what is happening within the story and you get to go through hell. I find that awesome.The scenes are descriptive and not in a boring way and the suspense is totally worth the wait compare to stories that builds it up only to disappoint in the very end. I recommend this. It just got published and it is available on Amazon, Indiegogo, Kindle and Barnes and Noble.

Text: 8.5 out  of 10
Book Cover: 5.5 out of 10

Note: Just click on the picture and it’ll take you right to Goodreads.

Post of the Day

Hello & Happy Sunday!

Good evening, morning, afternoon and the like, everyone.

First and foremost, a big thank you to those who followed me. I’m still trying to build network, and follow blogs that I find interesting and those that share my interests despite the fact that my website is under construction. Although, that is a topic that I will talk about at the end of this post. Again, a big thank you! ❤


Second – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY (Dead or Alive). Despite everything, and that sometimes my father gets on my nerves; I still hold him dear and he still means so much to me. I’d like to think that I owe him his gift.  In the mean time, I’ll gift wrap my love and admiration, and give them to him. What did YOU do for father’s day? Feel free to comment down below, and share ways you spend/t the day with your dad.

Third – My website, and the fact that it is under construction.


Background story:

For months, I thought about creating a website. I managed, but the web was never quite what I wanted so I tried to go about it professionally. That took too long, and I talked it out with someone I work for; she told me that creating a website for the first time is never easy, considering the time you have to put into it, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be perfect either. Instead of waiting any longer, I got on WordPress one day, thinking that I am just going to create an account, so that it will take less time to build for whenever he (meaning the professional who was going to create my website) is ready. But then I started to play around with it on my own, and voila!

My perfectly imperfect site.

See the thing is, I helped many for years; it started on Wattpad, and then offline. I’ve had the opportunity to meet all kinds of people, whether young or adults by being part of the community, through book clubs I’ve run, contests, and/or any activity that I could think of to get others engaged & involved. I’ve got a lot of good feedback, support and encouragement to go beyond. I wanted to, but too much was going on, and I didn’t want to start something I couldn’t finish or put my whole heart and attention into.

So I put it off for some time.

And then, there was Goodreads where I also met couple people through beta reading; I’ve always used it to look up the plot of a book that I am going to read or its series, but I never knew that there was this whole other world in it – so many things that could be done, and/or said. I created an account (after years of trying not to), explored, explored some more & stumbled upon this group called Beta Reader Group Goodreads. It’s been amazing and good to me especially some of the members I’ve met.

I’ve met and people have asked for help on Facebook too, and thus I’ve decided to branch out and do more. Offer more. And meet more awesome people beyond Facebook, Goodreads, Wattpad and/or any other social media that I have.

On another note, I had a busy week – work and all that so I have not been able to post anything on here. That, and the fact that this is my first ‘fancy’ blog ever, and so I’ve been trying to come up with ways to make it active, and welcoming. For the most part, it is still under construction – that’s another reason why I haven’t post and so for the moment; I will be following, observing, and engaging/networking with other bloggers until I can come up with a schedule of when  I can post, and not be inactive for long periods of time. As mentioned, I don’t want to start something and not finish – I’m willing to take this one step at a time and make it work. Bare with me.

Until then, thanks for your patience and I look forward to being friends and/or acquaintances. Happy Sunday! 🙂